After the flood (this time) (a poem)


The trees drip and sway

The rabbits have gone to earth
while the squirrels nestle in the higher branches

The birds have sought calmer weather

– – – – –

Those of us on the ground
ignored the earth as it drank
more than it could handle

As the lines grew longer and longer
night swallowed us all
mocking us every inch of the way

– – – – –

Water laughs
it shows no mercy
towards anything it swallows

What it spits out
is miles away
before it knows what happened

– – – – –

I became a refugee
among refugees

They do not feel sorry for me

I have lived through inconvenience
to make it back home

(18 November 2021)

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